In today’s modern world we are spending more time online than ever before, it has been declared that some of us are addicted to social media sites.  In 2017 a survey was conducted by StatusofMind, they found Instagram to be the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the Mental Health of young people.

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other social networks have become an integral part of online lives. Social networks are a great way to stay connected with others, but you should be wary about how much personal information you post and how much of your time is spent in a world of virtual friendships. Once posted, always posted: Protect your reputation on social networks. What you post online stays online. Think twice before posting pictures you wouldn’t want your parents or future employers to see. Recent research found that 70% of job recruiters rejected candidates based on information they found online.   How do you know if you are addicted?

  • The first thing you reach for in the morning is your phone, before leaving your bed and you need to check if anyone has liked your status.
  • You can’t go out for a meal without taking photos of each course and uploading them to your account.
  • You don’t speak to anyone at the dining table, you prefer to communicate via social media.
  • You use the phrase ‘hashtag’ in normal conversations.
  • You ‘check in’ at every location you visit, even sitting on the sofa at home.
  • You narrate your everyday life through social media.
  • Someone tells you a joke, instead of laughing out loud you use the term ‘lol’.
  • You have anxiety and a fear of missing out if you cannot access your social media site.
  • You are having trouble sleeping because of social media.

Social Media is also a good thing! At GB Training (UK) we know that social media is also a good thing.

  • Your online reputation can be a good thing:  Recent research also found that recruiters respond to a strong, positive personal brand online. So, show your smarts, thoughtfulness, and mastery of the environment.
  • You can access some great networking opportunities using sites such as LinkedIn, which could help you in your career.

Know your limits When applicable, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s OK to limit how and with whom you share information. Post only about others as you have them post about you. The Golden Rule applies online as well. Be honest if you’re uncomfortable: If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or you think is inappropriate, let them know. Likewise, stay open-minded if a friend approaches you because something you’ve posted makes him or her uncomfortable. People have different tolerances for how much the world knows about them respect those differences. If you are concerned about the amount of time you are spending online and you want to talk to someone, you can get in touch with the safeguarding team at GB Training (UK) Ltd.   safeguarding@gbtraining.org.uk